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2017-2018 Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program for International Applicants, Turkey

Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University and Stiftung Mercator invite applications for international fellowship program from scholars, journalists, professionals and civil society activists to work on academic and practical projects at IPC. Mercator-IPC Fellowships are predominantly, but not exclusively, granted to applicants from outside of Turkey, especially Germany.

Fellowships have a general duration of 6 to 12 months. Mercator-IPC Fellows will receive a monthly net payment of up to 2,700 EUR and a travel allowance of up to 2,500 EUR net in total.

Istanbul Policy Center is an independent policy research institute with global outreach. The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program is part of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabanc University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.

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Course Level: Fellowships are available to scholars, journalists, professionals and civil society activists to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC).

Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded to work in one of the following three thematic areas: EU/German-Turkish relations, Climate change and Education.

Scholarship Award: Mercator-IPC Fellows are granted: A monthly net amount of up to 2,700 EUR; A monthly family allowance of up to 500 EUR net (under preconditions); A travel allowance of up to 2,500 EUR in total. Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows are granted: A monthly net amount of up to 5,000 EUR; A monthly family allowance of up to 500 EUR net (under preconditions); A travel allowance of up to 2,500 EUR in total. The financial compensation of Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows varies according to the format and duration of their projects. At the discretion of the IPC Director, additional funding will be provided to organize events and publications.

Number of Awards: Not Known

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Eligibility:

  • Mercator-IPC Fellowships: A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be considered if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects which focus on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.
  • Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowships: are granted to internationally renowned scholars and highly respected representatives of civil society or politics who have already made a significant contribution to German-Turkish or European-Turkish relations. Applicants should have more than 10 years of academic or practical work experience and have a distinct academic and public profile. 

Nationality: Applicants from outside of Turkey, especially from Germany are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

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How to Apply: Applications should be submitted via email.

Mercator-IPC Fellows will be selected by an international jury consisting of leading experts in the three thematic areas. In choosing an applicant, the jury will place particular emphasis on: Academic and professional merit, based on the applicant’s publications and work experience;

  • Academic and political relevance of the applicant’s project to one of the three thematic areas.
  • The general impact of the project on EU-Turkish and especially German-Turkish relations.
  • The applicant’s connection to German society.
  • The coherence and feasibility of the applicant’s project.
  • The value of the project’s public outreach dimension.
  • The applicant’s language skills. A very good command of written and spoken English is mandatory. Knowledge of German and Turkish is an advantage.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The 2017/18 fellowships begin September 4, 2017 and the deadline for applications is April 4, 2017.

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